Retrospective Exhibition of Ram V. Sutar, Padmabsushan Awardee, at AIFACS, 1 Rafi Marg, New Delhi on the 1 st of Feb, 2017.

Ram V. Sutar

Born in a carpenter family, on a wintry February day in 1925, in village Gondur, District Dhule of

Maharashtra, Ram VanjiSutar was endowed with all the qualities of a blessed child. In a childhood, beset

with struggle, the talent of this budding artist shone and was noticed by his GurujiShriShriram Krishna

Joshi, who encouraged him to join the Sir J.J. School of Art in Bombay. The inborn talent flourished, and

Ram was always first class first, bagging at the end of his course, the prestigious Mayo Gold medal for

modelling. This great sculptor now in his nineties speaks with gratefulness of his teachers under whose

keen guidance he developed his drawing and clay modelling skills. Ram has mastery over stone and

marble sculpting, but he delights in casting bronze and many of his most famous works are in bronze.

As a modeler for the Department of Archaeology in 1950's he was involved with the painstaking

restoration work of sculptures in the Ellora and Ajanta caves where he's credited for restoring a number of

sculptures. In 1952 he got married to Pramila and his only son Anil was born in 1957. In 1959, he was

with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting as the Technical Assistant in Directorate of Audio-visual

Publicity, Exhibition Division, but left the job to start his freelance career with his two sculptures for the

main gate of the Agricultural Fair.

Thus, began the glorious career of this soft-spoken and unassuming artist. Ram's forte is the excellent

mastery he enjoys over the proportion and detail in the execution of monumental works. His first triumph

was the Chambal monument at the Gandhi Sagar Dam. This 45 feet high gigantic beauty carved out of a

single block of concrete, depicts mother Chambal with her two children- Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan

symbolizing the brotherhood of the two states.

Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister, was impressed with this magnificent work.

Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru had thought of making a 50 feet high commemorative monument in

bronze for the Bhakra Dam to commemorate the workers who laid down their lives in the fulfilment of this

stupendous engineering marvel of modern India. Ram Sutar was one of the participants in the

competition and his model "Triumph of Labour" was adjudged the best, but still lies awaiting realization

due to paucity of funds.

His heroic size bust of Mahatma Gandhi is one of his well-known creations and copies of it have been

presented by the Govt. of India to foreign countries including Russia, England, Malaysia France, Italy,

Argentina, Barbados and Caracas on the occasion of Gandhi Centenary Celebrations. A similar double

heroic size bust made for India International Trade Fair, Asia 1972 is installed as a permanent feature at

PragatiMaidan in New Delhi. Under his dextrous hands several eminent leaders of India were

immortalized in bronze and many of these adorn the Parliament and other important Govt. buildings and

public sites in different cities.

The statue of Govind Ballabh Pant overlooking Rafi Marg in New Delhi, a 10 feet high bronze creation, is

a testimony to Mr. Ram Sutar's creative genius and displays his marvelous skill and flawless execution.

The same is again exemplified by the brilliant depiction of Goddess Ganga and Yamuna at the Rose

Garden, Ludhiana and MandiGobindgarh in Punjab. He has created more than 350 monumental

sculptures in the last of his professional career as a Sculptor.

Under his dexterous hands Fifteen eminent leaders of India have been immortalized in bronze and many

of these adorn the Parliament including Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Sardar

Vallabh Bhai Patel, Jaiprakash Narayan, Maulana Azad Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Chatrapati Shivaji

Maharaj, Mahatma Phule, Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj, Hemu Kalani, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Govind

Vallabh Pant, Babau Jjagjivan Ram, Vithal Bhai Patel

Mahatma Gandhi is one of his well-known creations and copies of it have been presented by the Govt. of

India to more than 350 Cities all over the world including Brisbane, Canberra –Australia, Hannover,

Germany, Russia, Malaysia France, Italy, Argentina, Barbados, Africa, USA, and South America on the

occasion of Gandhi Centenary Celebrations.

The Mahatma Gandhi statue in Meditation pose is installed at Gandhi Nagar, Karnataka VidhanSabha,

and Parliament House New Delhi.

Mr. Sutar also created a 60 feet long, 35 feet tall and 30 feet wide Krishna Arjun rath in Brahma Sarovar,

Kurukshetra, a 70 feet high bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Maidan, Patna

In Lucknow and Noida, they have made World’s biggest bronze fountain, including bronze statues,

bronze murals and a very large Eco Park in which more than 350 Bronze animals and trees have been


Many awards and honours have been bestowed on Mr. Sutar in recognition of his phenomenal

achievements, but the Padamshree,1999 and Padama Bhushan,2016 , are the highest honour received

by him for his eminence as well. His long cherished dream of a unique monument befitting of the Father

of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi however, still awaits fulfilment. His studio in Noida is no less than a

museum of it's own kind, with huge plaster of paris casts of eminent personalities as well as small pre

approval models abounding the place, giving the impression of somehow broken the barriers of historical

times and converging under one roof in various sizes. However, many of his creations are installed in

India and all over the world. Because some of the major sculptures are installed in the Parliament,they

are not accessible for the people at large and Anil Sutar, his gifted architect son struck upon the idea of

showcasing them all together. He conceived and landscaped a sprawling Sculpture Garden, called

"Anandvan" a unique concept in India, located on the Surajkund-Bhadkhal Lake road, where gigantic

white fibreglass replicas of Mr. Ram Sutar's creations are displayed against the emerald green, rock

studded lawns and thevisitors'eyes and is a befitting gallery for this great artist.

Now they have to currently working with the worlds largest statue project of “ Statue of Unity” 522 feet

high bronze statue of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel to be installed in Sardar Sarover Dam, Gujrat and the 2 nd

largest statue of the world making by Mr. Ram V Sutar is ChatarpatiShivaji Maharaj,395 feet high which to

be installed in Arabian sea, Mumbai.

This retrospective exhibition of Ram V. Sutar not only showcases the Monumental Sculptures made by

him but also displays his mastery in Modern-Art Sculptures, Miniature Stone Sculptures, Pencil Sketches

and Water Color Paintings.

For Further Details

Contact: – Anil Ram Sutar:-9810080319


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